Still, workers say management has failed to address their concerns, which is why they've called for a six-hour stoppage - three hours at the end of the morning shift and three hours at the start of the evening shift - on July 15, the first day of Prime Day. That led to some changes, such as a break room designated for prayer.
"In order to show that they won't wait around any longer in the face of these injustices", Muse told the Post, "workers made a decision to go on strike on Prime Day to show they are serious about achieving a voice on the job to win the things families in Minnesota and across the country deserve". This planned strike is seen as a sign that Amazon's American workers are starting to become as emboldened as their European counterparts.
Some white-collar Amazon employees will reportedly fly to Shakopee to join in the mini-strike, which will also include a public demonstration outside the facility during the afternoon. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are planning to strike during the online retailers' lucrative summer sale known as "Prime Day" in order to protest low wages. The retail company has run the savings spree for five years as a means to retain Prime users and attract more to grow the already substantial user base.
'The fact is Amazon offers already what this outside organization is asking for, ' spokeswoman Brenda Alfred said in a statement. We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay - ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more.
Performance is measured and evaluated over a long period because the company understands 'a variety of things could impact the ability to meet expectations in any given day or hour, ' Alfred said, and those who don't meet expectations are given coaching to help them improve.
"Amazon is going to be telling one story about itself, which is they can ship a Kindle to your house in one day, isn't that wonderful", said William Stolz, one of the Shakopee employees organizing the strike. About 250 union pilots who haul packages for Amazon and DHL Worldwide Express staged a brief strike in the leadup to Thanksgiving in 2016 before a federal judge ordered them back to work, eliminating any disruptions during the peak holiday shopping season.
Amazon has faced criticism from stateside employees, with Minnesota being one of the hotbeds of such worker activism.
According to Amazon, Prime Day is a "two-day parade of epic deals". Previous year workers thronged the entryway of a delivery center chanting "Yes we can" in Somali and English, presenting management with demands such as reduced workloads while fasting for Ramadan.